Coping after a natural disaster
Feb. 19, 2021 — DENTON — If you turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper or go on the Internet, you’ll likely find the news is full of negative stories, including natural disasters around the world. But when a tragedy strikes closer to home — like in your community — it may be even harder to process. While people may respond to and deal with a natural disaster in different ways, there are several tools and resources available to you on liveandworkwell.com. To access resources, select "browse as a guest with a company access code" then "Forgot access code." From the drop down, select I am a member of UnitedHealthcare" and hit enter.
Disaster Planning & Recovery Center: Type the keyword “disaster” into the liveandworkwell.com search bar, select the Disaster Planning & Recovery Center. Here you’ll find information on preparing for and recovering from natural disasters and links to national organizations too.
Coping Center: Type the keyword “coping” into the liveandworkwell.com search bar, select Coping. Here you’ll find supportive resources to help you deal with the emotional effects of a disaster.
Some Disaster Safety Tips to Follow:
- Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. Evacuate if necessary.
- Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
- Be prepared for the future with a disaster preparedness kit and family communication plan.
Some Tips for Recovering from a Traumatic Event:
- Start a dialogue. Reach out to friends or family for support. It’s one simple way to help process a natural disaster.
- Choose when to connect. Disconnecting from media may give you time to focus on important things — like your health or stress management.
- Change your perspective. Try to find something you’ve learned from the negative experience. It may be helpful to gain a broader perspective.
- Focus on your feelings. Acknowledge your feelings as they occur to you. Self-awareness is an important first step in learning to manage your feelings.
- Pay attention to your health. Don’t forget the importance of regular exercise*, a healthy diet, and good sleep
Additional National Resources:
- FEMA (Information about Federal Assistance) – https://www.fema.gov/
- American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/
- CDC (Emergency Preparedness ) – http://emergency.cdc.gov/
- Ready.gov (Preparation and Recovery) – https://www.ready.gov/
Information provided by UnitedHealthcare.
Page last updated 5:00 PM, January 12, 2023